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Tens of thousands have fled their homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo amid warnings that the volcano could erupt again – with some families trying to find enough water and food.

At least 31 people at the time of death Niragongo Mountain Last Saturday, a wall of lava extending into the town of Goma destroyed 3,000 homes and cut off the main road to transport aid to the area.

The lava stopped just outside the city limits, but mass evacuations resumed when the government warned that the volcano, one of the most active in the world, could erupt again.

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Large crowds gather at a food distribution point in Sake. Photo: AP
Boehneh houses, north of Goma, Congo, were destroyed by lava.  Photo: AP
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Last Saturday, a volcanic eruption destroyed lava houses in Buenos Aires, north of Goma. Photo: AP

Many of those fleeing fled to Sake, a town 13 miles northwest of Goma, which is prone to cholera, UNICEF said.

The charity warned of a possible “catastrophe” and said about 400,000 people needed support or assistance.

Edward Big Bider, UNICEF Representative in DR Congo“As the risk of cholera increases, we call for immediate international assistance to prevent a catastrophe for children,” he said.

Kabuo Asifiwe Muliwavyo, 36, said he and his seven children had not eaten since arriving in Saka on Thursday.

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“They told us there was going to be a second eruption and there was going to be a big gas explosion, but there has been nothing here since we moved,” he told Reuters, as a child cried and cried. “We are hungry.”

Danga Tongulu, who slept on the side of the road in Sake with his four children, said they had not eaten since leaving Goma yesterday.

Following the recent eruption of Mount Niragongo near Goma, a woman prepares to leave her home due to an earthquake.  Photo: Save the Children / Reuters
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A woman prepares to leave her home near Goma. Photo: Save the Children / Reuters
Volcanic activity seen at the mouth of the Nyiragongo Mountains before the eruption near Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on May 20
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Volcanic activity at the mouth of the Niragongo Mountains before last Saturday eruption

“They told everyone that the aid was being organized, and the money was being paid for by the government. And yet, you find us under the stars,” said Hassan Konga, a lawyer who fled after the eruption.

The evacuation order at around 1am on Thursday after radar images showed molten rock flowing under Goma.

The Goma Volcano Observatory (OVG) said the magma movement would cause cracks in the ground and hundreds of earthquakes that could cause it to reach the surface in a new eruption.

People visit the quake caused by the earthquake
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People visit the quake caused by the earthquake

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May 23 – Congolese molten lava engulfs homes

An OVG spokesman said Friday that the frequency and intensity of the quake had dropped in the past 24 hours, indicating that the risk of a new eruption was decreasing.

He added: “I do not think we will have a second eruption, the problem is the risk of fracture, but the risk is low, about 20%.

Some of the people who fled to Saka later lined up on Friday to return to Goma, while dozens who had traveled in the opposite direction to neighboring Rwanda also returned to Congo.

Mount Niragongo already erupted in 2002, killing hundreds and leaving more than 100,000 homeless.

The volcano also erupted in 1977, killing more than 600 people.

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